Friday, October 5, 2012

Ridiculously easy sausage, peppers, and onions in the crock pot

It's time for a ridiculously easy recipe! I don't even really know what to say about this since it is so simple. There's sausage in it. Peppers and onions, too. It's filling and yummy. Go make it! And if you don't want to eat it right now, make it anyway because there are directions for freezing!

SLOW-COOKER SAUSAGE, PEPPERS, AND ONIONS
Serves about 4

INGREDIENTS
  • One 12-16 oz package of sausages (Aidells organic basil & garlic sausage is widely-available and has no added sugar, nitrates, or dairy. But you can use whatever you like!)
  • Bag of frozen pepper and onion stir-fry veggies (I used this kind)
  • 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs dried Italian herb mix
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • Salt and pepper to taste (you may not need salt if your sausage and canned tomatoes are salty)
  • Your favorite pasta substitute for serving (I used half of a large spaghetti squash, and cooked it according to this photo tutorial)
  • Optional: grated Parmesan and/or shredded mozzarella cheese for topping
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the crushed tomatoes with the garlic and herbs. Cut the sausage into bite-sized chunks and mix it with the tomato mixture.
  2. Put half the peppers and onions (unthawed) into the bottom of your slow cooker. Dump the sausage mixture on top, then the rest of the peppers and onions. Add salt and pepper and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve atop your pasta substitute of choice.
Make-ahead directions: Freeze the sausage/tomato/garlic/herb mixture. You can also add the frozen veggies but there's no need since they're already bagged and frozen. When ready to cook, just dump everything into the crock pot, no need to thaw first. You may need to add an hour or two to the total cook time. You can also freeze cooked spaghetti squash flesh in muffin cups.

5 comments:

Laura said...

about how much fresh pepper would that be, a green, red, yellow and an onion? thanks.

Erica said...

@Laura: Probably a pound total, about half onions and half peppers.

Laura said...

Thanks we had this tonight, though I used a mix of stewed tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. It was soo yummy with zucchini noodles..
I have one set frozen uncooked, I hope it works well that way. It's so easy and so tasty.

Erica said...

@Laura: Glad you liked it! I just got a julienne peeler and I LOVE zucchini noodles now :)

Anonymous said...

How long would you cook it in the crockpot from frozen?

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